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Wisdom Workout

A Subtle Trap Is your life a problem to be solved or a reality to be experienced? Your answer may be telling. The primary motivation for beginning a journey of self-discovery is usually the desire to solve a problem. Pain is a great wake-up call. There is an interesting...

Musings on the Coast

  Tokyo Again Two weeks ago, I was back in Tokyo again. The skyscrapers were even bigger and more ornate, and beautiful. The people, always well dressed and fashionable, were even more so. The economy, after 20 years of unwinding too much debt, is buzzing. The Olympics are...
Posted On 30 Apr 2015

The Slant

Fade to Yellow Of course it is old school. Of course it informs. Of course it is dependable, factual and reflects the human condition. And of course not enough people pay attention to it. This is the way it is today. Anyone who expects journalism to be thriving is a dreamer or a...

Pet Peeves

It Happens Every Spring Most boys dream to grow up and be major league baseball players. Not me. I dreamed to be a health care consultant. My desire caused much worry for my parents. “Does he need a mitt for consulting?” my mom asked my dad. “No. He needs to be benched and have...

Offensive Measures Counter Cyberbullying

Your teenage daughter receives an anonymous email from someone containing hateful language that brings her to tears (or worse, potential thoughts of suicide). Your younger son gets bullied online by a bunch of technology-savvy schoolmates who make life miserable for him. Your...

Taking Stock

Farewell ‘til September One of the many veteran Wall Street sayings is Sell in May and go away, come again after St. Leger’s Day. St. Leger’s Day, Sept. 14, has been commemorated in England since 1776 [!] by the St. Leger Stakes, the final race in England’s Triple Crown. The...

Taking Stock

New High Ground  The stock market continues to generate more activity in the media than in price movements of stocks. For the recent quarter ending March 31, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 17,775 and the S&P 500 at 2068, just where they were on New Year’s Day....

Village Matters

Discouraging Words Sometimes Heard Most council meetings have their dreadful and discouraging moments, with a few glimmers of encouragement here and there, strung together by routine matters. Last week’s was typical of many. As I arrived early in the meeting, planning to give a...

Pet Peeves

Mozambique Mozambique has been making news of late. According to Indy reports, Mozambique has been granted temporary approval to reactivate downstairs dining after its recent completion of the rooftop “al fresco” area. The new expansion is drawing a lot of ink from residents in...

Guest Column

 Can We Trust Edison To Keep Us Safe? “One of the most hazardous materials made by man is spent nuclear fuel.” Physicians for Social Responsibility If Edison has its way, the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) site will become a nuclear waste dump. We must not let this...

The Built Environment

Public Improvements Take a Step Backwards When I was growing up in the late ‘40’s and ‘50’s, going camping was what middle class families did. We would spend a couple of weeks each year in some wonderful environment, cooking and sleeping under the stars. Even the buildings,...

Pet Peeves

Up the Creek I have a new dog, Poppy. I give credit for this column to my old dog, Pokey. She’s my muse and the canine to blame when you disagree with what I’ve written. Says so at the bottom of every article. Pokey gets a lot of mail. “I can’t believe you had to live with this...

Musings on the Coast

Adventures in Yoga Land As readers of this column may recall, last summer I began taking yoga lessons from a hot young thing named Kyrui Lin. She worked me like a beast and she introduced me to Shavasana, the touchy-feely spiritual thing where your mind wanders into space and you...
Posted On 09 Apr 2015

Village Matters

Sunday’s very last performance of the Laguna Beach High School’s musical “Bye Bye Birdie” was also the rendition of the last musical production by teacher and director Mark Dressler. He’s retiring after 25 years of building the school’s drama program into an award-winning...

Wisdom Workout

Are You Happy? Given all the holidays when we send wishes for happiness to those we love, let’s delve a little deeper into our personal relationship with happiness. Happiness is a state of mind. How do we get it? What triggers the experience of being happy? What is it about...